A commencement address
On rewriting the rules, redefining ambition, and reclaiming the idea of America
In recent weeks, I was consumed by a daunting project: returning to my high school to deliver the commencement address.
More than with most exercises of this kind, I struggled and struggled over what to say. I wanted it to matter to these young people.
I was struck above all by this thought: to be a young person entering the adult world today is to know t…
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